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Criss Angel celebrates fifth anniversary of ‘Believe’ at Luxor with show and after-party

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Criss Angel, with Maestro and Nathan Burton, celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at a party at Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place.

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Criss Angel celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at a party at Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place.

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Criss Angel, with fiancee Sandra Gonzalez, celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at a party at Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place.

Magician of the Century Criss Angel’s official fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor is tonight, but he joined friends, family and fans to celebrate it Wednesday night. Criss performed his edgy and high-energy show and then hosted an after-party at star chef Rick Moonen’s steam-punk Rx Boiler Room nearby at Mandalay Place.

Criss toasted to never missing one of his 2,100 performances during the first five years of his show. I joined artist Michael Godard and actress beauty Joan Severance backstage where Criss told me that his new series on Spike TV, also titled “Believe,” is a huge ratings winner, racking up the network’s best viewing numbers in the past 18 months.

His controversial life-after-death episode Tuesday was an all-time ratings blockbuster for Spike. Cirque execs said that since the Spike TV series began, there has been a 25 percent jump in ticket sales on the Strip for 2014 dates.

Criss has to shut the show for three months in January but will resume in April after surgery and rehabilitation for three bad tears to his right shoulder muscles. Cirque will announce in the next two weeks a new show to fill in for February and March before his return.

Criss also will reveal in two weeks the dates and cities for “Wymzkal,” his new touring show of the world’s top magicians. After thanking, from the stage at the Luxor, fans, aka Loyals, in the audience for all of his successes, along with Editor at Large John Katsilometes and yours truly, he introduced his proud mom, Dimitra, and his fiancee, Sandra Gonzalez.

Criss told me: “We’re still together. We have a great relationship. She’s very supportive and understanding of what I do and the amount of work I tackle. Sometimes it’s just a little bit unfair to her because I’m not able to be there with her as much as we would both like.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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